The old Madrid Atocha station building is now a greenhouse (photo © Lukasz Janyst / dreamstime.com).
The fast run from Barcelona to Málaga
Our journey as presented here in Route 21 was made possible with the completion of the new fast line from Barcelona to Madrid in 2008. While our natural inclination is to avoid high-speed lines, this route for Europe by Rail really plugs a gap – and it’s an enjoyable run, full of quiet drama, with some fine views across expansive Spanish landscapes.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.